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Giora Bernstein > BIOGRAPHY


1933Born in Vienna 
1938Emigration to Palestine
since 1939Arrived Palestine in 1939, grew up in Israel.
1953-1955Violin student at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music
At the same time, he took courses in music history from Kestenberg at the Midrasha, the music teachers' seminar Kestenberg founded
1954Co-founder of the Givatayim Conservatory with Aharon Shefi
1955-1957Studies at the Juilliard School in New York (diploma)
1957-1959Master of Fine Arts in composition, Brandeis University
1960-1967Doctorate, Boston University
1961-1967Music director, Boston Chamber Music Society
1963-1967Member, Boston Symphony Orchestra
1967-1975Professor, Pomona College, California
1968-1975Music director, Claremont Music Festival, California
1975-1998Professor of music, University of Colorado
1976-2000Founder-music director of the Colorado Music Festival
1970-Numerous conducting engagements with leading orchestras in the United States, Europe, South America, Hong Kong and Japan
2005Co-music director, Villa Mendelssohn project in Ebensee (Austria)

Awards: 10 ASCAP awards for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music.
Citation from the city of Claremont, California.
Award from the city of Los Angeles (Claremont Music Festival)
Citation in the United States Congressional Record (Senate)
The Governor's Award in the Arts - Colorado; in Boulder, Colorado, August 11th was proclaimed "Giora Bernstein Day".

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